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After a corona outbreak, Ostend went to Mechelen with an emergency team. However, eight young players caused a stunt by triumphing in Mechelen with 74-77. Ostend remains the leader with 17 out of 20, Kangaroos Mechelen continues to dangle at the bottom of the rankings with 8 out of 21.
Ostend has seven players who have suffered a corona infection. Since the new corona regulations from 1 May of the Pro League, a team must start the match when it has five players. If it doesn’t, it incurs a lump sum defeat. Coach Gjergja had only eight players in the league match in Kangaroos Mechelen, four of whom were youngsters: Servaas Buysschaert, Amar Sylla, Loïc Schwartz, Pierre-Antoine Gillet, Jesse Waleson, Xander Pintelon, Quinten Smout and Salim Kediambiko.
The first infection in Ostend was diagnosed by doctors thirteen days ago. The infected players are Olivier Troisfontaines, Dusan Djordjevic, Jean-Marc Mwema, Keye van der Vuurst, Mario Nakic, Michael Gilmore and Simon Buysse. Harris Brataonvic is also injured on the side.
The match started with a minute of silence for the late Marijke Schaepelinck, general coordinator at Ostend from 2000 to 2019. Who thought it would be a “walk in the park” for Kangaroos Mechelen, apart from Terry Deroover (after effects of corona) versus a battered Ostend, was disappointed. The Maneblussers had a 22-14 lead after the first quarter via Mo Kherazzi, but Ostend playing with a lot of character kept simple through Amar Sylla, Pierre-Antoine Gillet and Salim Kediambiko in the second slide (22-22). stand. That meant that Kangaroos only halfway through Mechelen went to the dressing room with a 44-36 bonus.
In the third quarter, the Mechelaars fell completely silent. Little collectivity and, above all, a lot of egocentric play meant that Ostend, via Loïc Schwartz and Servaas Buysschaert, was able to turn out with a remonte: 48-41 and 55-55. Quinten Smout also put his mark in the bag and the coastal team pulled into the final quarter with a 57-57 intermediate score.
In the final slide, Salim Kediambiko and Quinten Smout scored and another frisky Loïc Schwartz took Ostend in tow: 59-63 and 68-70. Ostend went looking for a stunt. After 73-75, top players Loïc Schwartz (20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Pierre-Antoine Gillet (18 points, 11 rebounds), with a double-double effect, secured the victory with great passion.
Kangaroos Mechelen-Ostend 74-77
Kangaroos Mechelen: Loubry 11, Bogaerts 0, Van Oosterwyck 0, Kherrazi 16, Clark 15, Foerts 9, Lasisi 5, Thompson 16, Kok 2
Oostende: Kediambiko 10, Schwartz 20, Pintelon 0, Buysschaert 8, Walleson 0, Smout 8, Gillet 18, Sylla 11